Lane Davis was named assistant women’s soccer coach at UMBC by head coach Leslie Wray in March of 2012.
Davis has spent twenty years in coaching, including 11 at the NCAA Division I level. During that span, he has coached NSCAA All-Americans, multiple conference players-of-the-year and several players that have gone on to play at the international level.
Most recently, Davis served as assistant women’s soccer coach at George Washington University. He began his tenure at GW in May of 2009, serving as the recruiting coordinator and had recruiting classes that consisted of players who played on either a regional or national level. In 2010 and 2011, the Colonials’ recruiting classes were recognized by the conference with selections to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team. In addition to quality athletes, the women’s soccer program was strong academically as they received the NSCAA Team Academic Award all three years of his tenure and finished with the highest GPA among all programs at GW in 2010 and 2011.
"Lane brings a depth of knowledge to our staff,” Wray said. “He is an outstanding recruiter and has been able to get us up to speed with the recruiting scene. “
Davis got his start in collegiate athletics with The University of Kansas as a volunteer assistant coach. During his three years in Lawrence, the Jayhawks won a Big 12 Conference title with an 18-5 mark in 2004 and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament, making the Sweet 16 in 2003 and the second round in 2004.
In 2005, Davis was hired at Missouri State University as an assistant coach, where he was responsible for training goalkeepers, scouting opponents, constructing a recruiting database, and implementing a new strength and conditioning program. While at MSU, Davis coached their goalkeeper to a Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference First Team selection. In addition, his 2006 recruiting class included the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer-of-the-Year.
In 2007, Davis left for southern California to serve two years as the first assistant at the University of California, Riverside, where his responsibilities included coaching the goalkeepers and serving the recruiting coordinator. While there, the Highlanders’ starting goalkeeper went on to set the single-season save record in 2008.
Davis also has extensive coaching experience with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and has worked with various elite club teams throughout the country including Arsenal FC from Alta Loma, Calif., and Freestate SA from Maryland. Also, he has spent the last six years on Region II staff working with goalkeepers and field players as well as head coaching duties with the state ODP teams from Missouri and Kansas from 2000 thru 2005. In 2011, he was the head goalkeeping coach for the 1995 Girls’ Region II ODP team, whose members will be looking for selection to represent the United States at the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
Prior to coaching, Davis played one season at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., before a knee injury ended his playing career. Moving on to Wichita State University, he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in exercise physiology in 1999.
In 2002, Davis received his Masters of Education in Sports Administration from the University of Kansas. He holds a national diploma and the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In addition, Davis has both a National "A" License and National Goalkeeping License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).